The New Zealand Ansteys

Overview of the New Zealand Ansteys

There is no such thing as a single New Zealand  ‘Anstey’, Ansty’, ‘Anstee’ and ‘Anstie’ sub-branch. New Zealand Ansteys form a gallimaufry of offshoots of sub-branches, however they all have one thing in common, being that they can ALL ultimately trace back their ‘Anstey’ lineage to England, joining with one of the known English Anstey sub-branches.

So however Kiwi you may feel, if you are an ‘Anstey’ (or ‘Anstee’, ‘Ansty’ or ‘Anstie’) you have plenty of English blood and therefore rightly should always hope that England beat the All Blacks at rugby. Furthermore, the overwhelming majority of ‘Anstey’, Ansty’, ‘Anstee’ and ‘Anstie’ in New Zealand are direct descendants of Hubert de Anstey, the first holder and originator of the Anstey surname in 1143.

Having said that, there are some Anstey sub-branches in New Zealand who have long since settled there. Those sub-branches which we have begun documenting which have connections to New Zealand include the:

New Zealand Anstey Pioneers

We are actively on the lookout for stories of New Zealand ‘Anstey’, Ansty’, ‘Anstee’ and ‘Anstie’ pioneers who first made the journey from (probably) England to New Zealand (likely in the 1800s) and then settled there, spawning Anstey sub-branches which thrive in New Zealand to this day. Anybody who wishes to share such information please contact us at research@theansteystory.com. So far, we have uploaded information on the following New Zealand Anstey pioneers:

  • Please be patient – we will upload presently

New Zealand Anstey War Heroes

We have begun to upload biographies of Anstey war heroes. Those from the various New Zealand ‘Anstey’, Ansty’, ‘Anstee’ and ‘Anstie’ sub-branches include:

We have already uploaded bits of information and documentation about the New Zealand Ansteys, and continue to upload more all the time (see Project Updates), however it is spread over various segments of the website.  

The best way to find said information is to enter ‘New Zealand’ in the search box at the bottom of this page and a list of relevant pages will appear.

There are some Anstey sub-branches in New Zealand who have long since settled there and we are actively seeking any research or other documentation such as correspondence that New Zealand Ansteys might like to share with others on this Anstey project website, especially stories regarding the earliest ‘Anstey’, Ansty’, ‘Anstee’ and ‘Anstie’ ancestors who arrived in New Zealand from England. We are also very interested in New Zealand Ansteys who fought in any wars.

Please contact us at research@theansteystory.com with any such information if you are willing to share it.


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